The nave is the central approach to the high altar, the main body of the church. 'Nave' (Medieval Latin navis, "ship") was probably suggested by the keel shape of its vaulting. The nave of a church goes from the entry to the chancel. It is flanked by aisles separated from the nave by an arcade. If the aisles are high and of a width comparable to the central nave, the structure is sometimes said to have three naves.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica, s.v. "nave".
- Nave definition from Answers.com. Accessed 2010-01.20.